Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake

I’d been wanting to read this for a while when I got it as a birthday present last month. It sounded like an interesting story, and for the most part, it didn’t disappoint!

Cas is a ghost killer. Armed with a special knife that’s been passed down through his family, he hunts ghosts that are dangerous to the living, and kills them. When he hears of a spirit in Thunder Bay, he is instantly drawn to her case. But when he arrives at Anna Dressed in Blood’s house, things don’t go exactly as planned.

So, things I liked about this tale. It’s about a ghost killer, and that was a cool concept. I’ve mentioned before that I like ghost stories a lot, so this was definitely right up my alley. Cas is a good character. He’s got a bit of lonesome hero complex, but I didn’t find it overly annoying, and he does allow others into his world pretty easily, all things considered. I enjoyed his friendship with Thomas, and I loved that there was no love triangle!

Anna was also awesome at the beginning of this book. Her death-story was great, and her legacy is gruesome and powerful. I really enjoyed that Cas understood this, and that Cas was so intrigued and overwhelmed by her. I also loved when he called Anna his Anna. It wasn’t done in a possessing kind of way. It showed the depths of his strange emotions for the ghost, and I thought it was well done.

Also, the book took place in Ontario. =D

What I didn’t like. I wanted Anna to be a little more evil. That may sound mean, but with a title like Anna Dressed in Blood, I don’t think it’s a ridiculous request! Some spoilers here…turns out, Anna herself is not evil, she has just been cursed. I was disappointed by this because I wanted her rage over her murder to have driven her into a fury of evilness. She was terrifying in the beginning, but by like half-way through the story she was de-cursed and then she was just a dead girl that hung around with Cas and his friends?? That didn’t work for me. I came for a ghost story, and I was upset that it veered from that.

All in all, however, this was a good read. Dark, different, and fun, it’s worth a look if you like curses, ghosts, and ghoulish mysteries.


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